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March 11, 2012

Close Men's Tennis Match Goes Pacific's Way

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific won five of six singles matches to secure a 7-2 Northwest Conference men's tennis victory over the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Sunday.

Pacific remained in second place in the Northwest Conference standings with a 5-1 record, and the Boxers are now 5-2 for the season. Pacific Lutheran is 2-4 in the conference and 3-4 overall.

The No. 1 doubles team team of Zack AhYat and Taylor Dickey got the Lutes on the board with an 8-5 win over Troy Zuroske and Giancarlo Battaglia, but Pacific scored victories in the other two matches to build a 2-1 team lead.

In singles play, the teams split the two matches that went three sets. At No. 2, PLU's Dan Cotton rallied from a set down to top Spencer Hing, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while at No. 3 Battaglia also came from one set down to beat Taylor Dickey, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2.

The Lutes also lost a super tiebreaker at No. 5 where Pacific's Eric Furuya beat Reed Gunstone, 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7).

"Dan had probably his best win of the year at number two singles," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said.

The Boxers won the other three singles matches in straight sets.

"All in all it was a pretty close match for a 7-2 score against the number two team in the conference," Poulin said.

Pacific Lutheran returns to its Sprinker Tennis Center home court next Saturday when it hosts Lewis & Clark at 12:30 p.m.

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